Posts Tagged ‘Books’

I tend to spend very much time in my own thoughts. I've often received such labels as introvert, thinker, geek, quiet guy, etc, and for the most part those are very true. I tend to think much more than I talk.

Anyway, a couple days ago, I had fallen into my typical thinking mood. And in this particular case, I was thinking about Facebook, what it was like when I started using it years ago, and what it's morphed into now. I started remembering all of those chain notes that went around, often quizzes and such and if you got tagged in the note, you were supposed to take the same quiz for yourself and tag other people in it. I always found those particularly fascinating… They had a way of drumming up some interesting information about people, and being the kind of person I am, I like interesting information about people. There was one in particular that I remember, called '25 random things about me'. I enjoyed doing that one so much, that I've decided to do it again. Only this time, I'm only going to do 10 things, since you probably wouldn't care to read much more than that.

  1. I love collecting old things. Specifically coins and books. I started collecting coins when I was nine years old, and it's become quite extensive. It includes ancient, foreign, and U.S. coins. I have coins from mid-4th century Rome, a coin from England with King George III on it (the king in power during the American Revolution), coins from the German Empire before Hitler was in power, and coins from five out of the six populated and civilized continents. I have a very high fascination with old things.
  2. I'm red-green color blind. My girlfriend likes to tease me because of this. I can usually see the colors separately, but when you put them right next to each other, sometimes I can't even see a little bit of color. And yes, I can tell when traffic lights are red and green, so don't worry.
  3. I've always been very fascinated with Russia. Especially its culture, history, language, and music.
  4. I have a very firm opinion of Taylor Swift and One Direction and am occasionally much more outspoken and harsh about it than I should be.
  5. If I could meet any person from history who's now dead and gone, it would be Sergei Rachmaninoff hands down. I don't choose Jesus simply because I know without a doubt that I'll see him when I die.
  6. When it comes to food, I'm a texture guy. If the texture isn't right in a food, it can make my stomach turn even if the taste and smell is really good. In the same way, some of my favorite foods are just because the texture is amazing even if I don't find the taste particularly good.
  7. I'm not a squeamish person, except when it comes to hand injuries. I don't know if it's something that comes from my piano playing, but it makes my stomach turn when I see even just a dislocated finger.
  8. I have a strange compulsion to tear, crumple, and crease paper. If there is a piece of paper in my hand that I don't need, it will be destroyed. It's the same thing with those wooden coffee stirrers that some cafes have. I simply must tear them to pieces.
  9. Trumpet is one of my favorite instruments to play, but only if I'm in shape for it.
  10. Longboarding is one of my favorite pastimes. That's how I impart my natural manly need for the thrill of danger and risk. Flying down a hill faster than 35mph on a chunk of wood is perfect for that.

So there's my ten random facts. For all you fellow bloggers out there, give this a go and then post the link to it in the comments here so I can see your random facts.


Rach on!


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My freshman year of college is finished! What a relief… Things were getting pretty crazy by the end. Nevertheless, I made it, and I am confident in being able to say that I finished strongly. I mean hey, I did ace my last final!

I can’t fully put into words how amazing this past school year was. Especially this last semester. I repeat, especially this last semester. I’m glad the academic side of it is over, but I miss my friends all so much already.

I am quite excited that my summer is finally underway. Inspired by my good friend, Rebz (see her post here), I decided to make a list of goals for the summer… End-of-school resolutions, if you will. So here they are:

  • Devotions – I’ve long struggled with making personal time with God a daily routine. One of my goals this summer is to change that.
  • Reading – This used to be my biggest hobby by far, and I’ve really missed being able to read whatever books I want just for fun. I plan on finishing Les Misérables and then reading a Dostoevsky novel, some Shakespeare, and whatever else happens to pique my interest.
  • Piano – My pianistic endeavors will by no means come to a halt this summer. Rachmaninov’s Suite no. 2, Prokofiev’s Sonota no. 3, Chopin’s Nocturne in Cmin Op. 48 no. 1, and a number of movements from one of Bach’s French Suites are all pieces that I am determined to tackle before the next semester begins. I am also hoping to pick up the loose ends as far as my technique goes… There are some scales and arpeggios that still need a lot of work.
  • Fitness – My last goal for this summer is to get in shape. It’s been much too long since I’ve been in any sort of shape, and I want to change that. I want to be able to play a game of frisbee with friends without feeling like I’m going to die the whole time, and it would be nice to be able to enjoy going out on a run for longer than just the first thirty seconds.

Those are my goals for this summer… I’ve actually started each of them already, I’m just hoping I can keep it up. Feel free to keep me accountable by asking me how things are going and encouraging me.

What are *your* goals this summer?

Rach on!

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I’ve been really into literature for a few years now, and the more I read, the more want to. I was one of those kids who did almost nothing but read. I read fast and I read often. You should have seen some of the piles of books I would get out of the library. I’d get out four or five (sometimes more, sometimes less) books that were usually about 250-500 pages and I’d finish them all in about a week and a half, sometimes sooner. I could down a Ted Dekker book in about a day during my prime.

Then I began getting into literature and the classics. I began to discover the troves of treasures among the shelves of the library, and read stuff by authors such as H.G.Wells, Doyle, Shakespeare, Melville, Chesterton, Defoe, and Scott, all of which I enjoyed immensely.

There was one time in the library when a particular book caught my eye. It was big. Very big. I had never read a book over 1,000 pages and I’d always wanted to add that to my list of accomplishments in reading (You’re probably thinking, “Wow, he is a dork!”). So I pulled it off the shelf, found my mom and told her I was ready to go. I specifically remember her saying, “You sure you can read that? Maybe you should get something out that’s a bit easier to read.” When she saw the 1,200+ page copy of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandrè Dumas lying in my hands.

Hey, I have that shirt!

Of course being the typical 14-year-old I was, I immediately thought, “Challenge accepted,” but putting it a little more mildly out loud… “I think I’d like to give it a try.”

I read it in a week.

Even in the first couple hundred pages it was soaring to the top of my mental list of favorite books. It’s still there.

This past Christmas, to my express delight, my mom got me my own copy of the book which I’d been asking for every Christmas since I’d first read it. I’ve finally gotten around to reading it for the second time through and I’m enjoying it even more than I did the first time, although I don’t quite have enough free time to finish it in only a week as I did last time I read it.

If you haven’t read this book, I highly suggest you “give it a try”. Despite the immense number of pages, it is quite readable.

Now I do love reading and would love to hear some of your favorite classics that you’ve read. I’m looking for some more books to read and your suggestions would be quite helpful.

Rach on!

P.S. If you suggest Jane Eyre, I will rip your face off. Okay, maybe I won’t be quite that drastic, but I think I’ve had enough Jane Eyre for the next 10 years.

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